Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones

Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones

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by London Symphony Orchestra
Marianne Faithfull doing Melanie Safka doing Marianne Faithfull is what you get when Mick Jagger's ex-girlfriend performs on a majestic version of "Ruby Tuesday" backed up by the London Symphony Orchestra. It's a reunion of sorts for Jagger and Faithfull, as the lead singer of


Marianne Faithfull doing Melanie Safka doing Marianne Faithfull is what you get when Mick Jagger's ex-girlfriend performs on a majestic version of "Ruby Tuesday" backed up by the London Symphony Orchestra. It's a reunion of sorts for Jagger and Faithfull, as the lead singer of the Rolling Stones follows his ex with a similar version of "Angie," with deeper textures than the original pop hit. This elaborate package comes in a cardboard sleeve with six pages of photos and liner notes, and is a worthwhile addition to the Rolling Stones' catalog of music. Sure there are "symphonic" albums of music by Creed, the Beatles, Depeche Mode, heck, even Symphonic Star Trek, but this package, all in black with silver ink, of course, is something special. "Angie" is downright eerie. Perhaps the late Michael Hutchence wasn't the best choice to open up the voices, beginning with his rendition of "Under My Thumb," but at least he's not awful. It's tough to make such diverse compositions as "She's a Rainbow," "Gimme Shelter," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" melt into each other with little definition, but they do that here, fading into background Muzak without a cutting voice like Faithfull to pronounce the mood. Faithfull walks away the star of the show on this project produced by Chris Kimsey, a triumphant survivor who witnessed some of this music's emergence the first time around. In that light, having the operatic Maire Brennan vocal on "As Tears Go By" comes off as a twisted joke. Both singers who hit with the song are obviously available and were at these sessions. Wouldn't it have been the perfect time for a duet? Or at least let Melanie have a shot at it. "Sympathy for the Devil" fares much worse, the hellish London Children's Choir and London Voices so dark that Jerry Hadley's vocal comes off as parody. Since Bryan Ferry already ruined the song on his solo debut, allow him the chance to bring some marquee value to the proceedings. His presence on the orchestrated Beatles soundtrack All This and World War II was a delight. "Dandelion" does work well in this setting, a song so strong it breaks through on its own. All the music is listenable, and how could it not be? These titles have stood the test of time, and with the quality players there are passages that are unique, though nothing as stunning as Jimmy Miller's crossfade on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" or that song's brash use of a choir to sing about a drug deal. The package is dedicated to Brian Jones and, despite its pomp, there are moments of grandeur.

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Performance Credits

London Symphony Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Marianne Faithfull   Vocals,Track Performer
Mick Jagger   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Hadley   Vocals,Track Performer
Layla Astley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Zelda Astley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gilbert Biberian   Acoustic Guitar
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
Michael Hutchence   Vocals,Track Performer
New London Children's Choir   Choir, Chorus
Peter Scholes   Conductor
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
Abdel Al Aboud   Violin
Florence Astley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Katie Heath   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Jagger   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Paloma Trigas   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aboud Abdel Ali   Violin,Track Performer
Alex Hunt   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anna Templeton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ronald Corp   Choir Master
Moya Brennan   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Mick Jagger   Composer
London Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Jon Astley   Arranger
Virginia Astley   Arranger,Assistant Arranger
Matt Clifford   Arranger,Assistant Arranger
Jaz Coleman   Arranger,Assistant Arranger
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Peter Smith   Executive Producer
Thomas Stiehler   Engineer
Steve Vining   Executive Producer
Ted Astley   Arranger,Assistant Arranger
London Voices   Contributor
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Kevin Jacobs   Engineer
Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Joseph J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Peter Smith   Executive Producer

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Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jon Astley,known as the Official Who Archivist,here turned his attention to the Stones and appeared as arranger on a number of this album's tracks,along with his father the late Ted Astley.His sister Virginia arranged the song ''Dandelion'' as a Nursery Rhyme,which was typical of one who preferred classical music and has a strong image of childhood things herself.The other Astleys making an appearance here are her daughter Florence and a couple of her neices in Layla and Zelda the daughters of Jon Astley. Other guests include Mick Jagger,who revives ''Angie'',opera singer Jerry Hadley who reconstructs ''Sympathy for the Devil'' and Maire Brennan,the voice of Clannad,who does ''As tears go by'':the originator of that song Marianne Faithful croaks her way through ''Ruby Tuesday''. Another guest arranger,Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke,comes up with some fine interpretations of Stones music which suggest he's absorbed a lot of Elgar and Vaughan Williams. All in all an excellent album which proves once and for all that the only difference between classical and rock is in the interpretation. At a distance this is authentic sounding classical music by the Worlds Largest Rock Band the London Symphony